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May 25, 2012, 9:15 PM

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Scott Lowe / The Verge:
Apple introduces ‘editors’ choice' and free ‘app of the week’ on the Mac App Store and iTunes  —  Apparently we weren't the only ones excited about the release of Cobook, as today Apple began promoting the intelligent contact manager on the Mac App Store with its new “editors' choice” branding.
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Facebook to acquire browser maker Opera?  Maybe.  Here's what we know.  —  Juicy rumor coming from Pocket-lint this morning: Facebook is reportedly eyeing a takeover of desktop, tablet and smartphone browser maker Opera Software.  —  Citing an unnamed source, Pocket-lint …
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Exclusive: HP's webOS Enyo team is going to Google  —  The HP team responsible for Enyo — webOS's HTML5-based application framework that debuted on the TouchPad — will be leaving the company and starting at Google shortly, The Verge has learned.  What this means for the future of Open webOS is unclear …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
First video sample from Google's Project Glass  —  Although we're still not sure exactly how Google's Project Glass wearable glasses work, the company has been testing them in very public ways over the past couple of months.  Google co-founder Sergey Brin showed off the glasses at a charity event …
Nate Lanxon / Wired.co.uk:
Microsoft to offer 80-inch Windows 8 tablets for offices  —  “Steve Ballmer has an 80-inch Windows 8 tablet in his office.  He's got rid of his phone, he's got rid of his note paper.  It's touch-enabled and it's hung on his wall.”  —  This description of the Microsoft CEO's workspace …
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Samsung Galaxy S III review  —  Everyone promises a better camera, Samsung actually delivers  —  The Galaxy S II set a high bar for smartphone camera performance, but the Galaxy S III has beaten it.  Image quality on this phone is simply excellent.  Full-resolution pictures look sharp and detailed …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Odd That Microsoft Demands Google Take Down Links That Remain In Bing  —  We just wrote about Google's very cool, new copyright transparency tool, which lets you dig into the details of all the search takedowns that Google gets.  As people start to play around with the site, some interesting things are coming to light.
Charles Starrett / iLounge:
Apple to sell Nest Learning Thermostat  —  iLounge has learned that Apple will soon offer the Nest Learning Thermostat for sale through the Apple Store, an interesting development given both Nest's history and the types of products commonly sold by Apple.  Nest founder and CEO Tony Fadell …
Matt McGee / Marketing Land:
Tumblr Debuts In ComScore's Top 50 Web Properties  —  Here's another sign of Tumblr's growth: The blogging network/platform has cracked comScore's chart of the Top 50 U.S. web properties for the first time.  —  ComScore's April 2012 report credits Tumblr with 23.5 million visitors during the month …
More: WebProNews and CNET
John Koetsier / VentureBeat:
Facebook testing new “star your close friends” feature  —  Facebook users who logged in last night may have caught a glimpse of a new feature on Facebook.  The largest social network in the world is testing “Star Your Close Friends,” an experimental feature that will ensure you see more of your closest friends' status updates.
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple expanding Israel R&D center with SoC engineer openings  —  New job postings for System-on-a-Chip engineers in Israel hint at the company's continued endeavors to expand its first international R&D facility.  —  AppleInsider discovered on Friday a pair of listings (1, 2) …
More: TUAW and MacNN
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
Yahoo Kills Livestand After Just Six Months  —  Mobile Newstand App Had Trouble Gaining Traction  —  Has Ross Levinsohn put his first stamp on Yahoo as CEO?  Yahoo is shutting down Livestand, its mobile newsstand app, only a little more than six months after it launched, the company just announced.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Facebook adds ability for developers to offer tiny playable versions of games right in news feed  —  Facebook has announced a cool new feature for developers of games today.  Feed gaming will allow developers to include a short sample of their game in posts that people share about it.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
TV Networks File Legal Claims Saying Skipping Commercials Is Copyright Infringement  —  Okay, we had expected the TV networks to possibly take legal action against DISH Networks for its new Auto Hopper technology, which allows DISH subscribers who use the Hopper feature (which records all prime …

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